Spraying The Grass Green
Painting has taken on a whole new dimension: spray painting. But this is not just any old spray painting; this is spray painting lawns! That's right spray painting lawns. This new practice is largely due to two factors, the first being water restrictions and the second being the high number of foreclosed home throughout the US. These foreclosed homes are often left uncared for, including the lawns. As a result, real estate agents have painted the lawns of their listed foreclosed homes to improve their looks.
In the case of one city in California, the entire town is getting a spray! The California city that has taken this green spray paint initiative is Perris, California, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city has hired a contractor to spray paint all the lawns with environmentally friendly dye that lasts up to to six months and doesn't harm people or pets. The city of Perris, California has set aside $2 million dollars to stabilize its high foreclosure rate neighborhoods.
Green Landscaping Adds Green Value
(ARA) - Thinking of selling your home? Sprucing up your yard will help get buyers attention and can add up to 15 percent to its value. It may even be the difference between a potential buyer and a drive-away. Want to hear more?
Michelle Dawson, realtytimes.com, notes Mark S. Henry of the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Clemson University found that excellent landscaping added 4 to 5 percent to the value of a good home. In addition, homes with poor landscaping in the same neighborhoods as those with excellent landscaping sold for 8 to 10 percent less.
Green Lawns Aren't "Green": The Ecological Impact of Grass Lawns
They require gallons of petroleum for mowing, a constant input of petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides, and massive amounts of energy for upkeep-- making them a huge contributing problem to global warming, air pollution, and water pollution.
They also suck up millions of gallons of water each year, which is a serious problem in areas suffering from drought. Some municipalities have even placed temporary or permanent bans on water sprinkler systems, because many people will continue pouring precious water into their lawns in spite of water shortages. When there is little fresh water available for drinking and showering, it is horrifying to consider that water is being poured uselessly into a crop that serves no practical purpose.